Even though the temperatures have dropped, now is the perfect time to get a leg up on next season’s lawn care. Dormant lawn seeding is the practice of seeding your lawn right before the ground freezes.
These seeds overwinter and germinate early Spring as the ground thaws, growing and rooting early.
Here in the Midwest, the best time to conduct dormant lawn seeding is from mid-November through early March, as long as the soil temperature remains below 50 degrees.
Here are some tips if you’d like to try this practice out this winter.
- Get your seed down and scratched in just before the ground freezes. Ideally you’ll get a snow cover shortly after, giving the seeds a safety blanket in which to remain.
- Ensure your seeds have contact with the soil (hence the ground should not be frozen yet) so they will have a chance to germinate when temps begin to warm.
This practice can help you get a good leg up on growing a lush lawn in the Spring!